Saturday, April 6, 2013
The county Fire and Rescue Service publishes an online newsletter using paper.li.
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service is active on social media. The department uses its Twitter account, Facebook page and blog to communicate with the public. On Wednesday, MCFRS tweeted a link to their paper.li page, which produces a newsletter-style page with recent stories by and about MCFRS. Click here to read the "Montgomery County Fire & Rescue News Page." #MoCo Online examines Montgomery County on social media. Click here for more.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Fire officials: Upgrading to the new cardiac monitors—known as Lifepak 15s—will save lives.
The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service was awarded a $1.2 million federal grant to replace old cardiac defibrillators, MCFRS announced Thursday. Fire Chief Richard Bowers said more than half of the department’s cardiac defibrillators have been in use since 2002, longer than recommended. Fire officials said upgrading to the new cardiac monitors—known as Lifepak 15s—would save lives. The equipment enables first responders to quickly diagnose a patient in the field, provide quick access to clinical information and faster treatment while simultaneously transmitting critical patient information directly to the hospital’s emergency department before arriving at the hospital. Funds are from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
No one was home at the time of the blaze, rescuers said.
A couch caught on fire in an apartment on Battery Lane Wednesday morning, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. Fire and Rescue responded to the three-story apartment complex at 4911 Battery Lane at 8:41 a.m., according to Beth Anne Nesselt, a rescue service spokeswoman. When units arrived, a substantial amount of smoke was visible from the roof of the building, Nesselt said. Rescuers determined the cause was a couch on fire in a third-story aparment. No one was home at the time of the blaze, Nesselt said. Fire investigators are working to determine what caused the blaze, Nesselt said. The apartment was being ventilated and it didn't appear that anyone would be displaced.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
NIneteen Silver Spring residents were displaced after a falling tree sheared off an apartment building's gas meter and caused a major gas leak.
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service responded to 371 calls from 5 p.m. Monday to 4 a.m. Tuesday, as Hurricane Sandy brought heavy rain and high winds to the region. Calls for assistance peaked between 8 - 10 p.m. Monday, when personnel responded to 156 calls, according to an MCFRS update. Around 9 p.m., rescue officials said they were handling an increase in requests for assistance with trees and wires down. "Naturally, with the wind we've had and the rain, this is to be expected," said assistant chief Scott Goldstein in a video update. Responders were called out 47 times between midnight and 4 a.m. MCFRS responded to three calls for water rescues from residents trapped in their cars, but all three were out and safe when units …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Calls pick up for Montgomery County first responders.
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue is seeing an "increased tempo" in storm-related response calls from across the county, according to a 9 p.m. video update. So far, there have been no reports of major injuries or damage, according to Bill Delaney, program manager for Community Life Safety Education and Social Media in Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services' Office of the Fire Chief. Fire and Rescue personnel have been responding to calls, including downed trees on the roadway and trees falling on homes and on wires, along with water rescues. Two citizens who called for water rescues from their cars were out and safe when responders arrived, Delaney said. MCFRS has dedicated six swift boat teams to water rescue response, according to …
Friday, September 9, 2011
Patch took a river tour with Cabin John Station 10 to learn about the dangers of the river.
When someone dies in the Potomac River, one of the easiest ways to find the body is to wait until it begins to float. Over a period of days or weeks a drowned person’s chest and abdomen begin to fill with methane and other gases produced by the breakdown of proteins, causing it to float to the surface, according to David R. Fowler, Maryland's chief medical examiner. Finding these bodies is just one of the jobs carried out by the firefighters at Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department Station 10. On a beautiful, sunny day Lt. Pat Mitchell positions himself at the bow of a small, inflatable boat directing Capt. Frank Doyle through the rocks and rapids of the Potomac River. Mitchell is a tall, mustached man with decades of experience under…
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Spice up your life and save the lives of others.
Imagine kicking down the door of a flaming apartment building and forcing your way into a smokey corner of a house to whisk away a child in danger. Or visualize slapping on latex gloves and performing CPR to save a man in cardiac arrest. That could be you, but you have to hurry. This week is the last week of the year to sign up to be a firefighter or EMT at the Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service. The deadline is July 8. Those interested in applying for a position can visit the Montgomery County website to fill out an online application. There is a little red tape to wade through, of course. Applicants must possess Firefighter II Certification, Hazardous Material Operations Certification and one of the three EMT Certifications. A small …